I just purchased new wiper blades (Duralast Flex) from Autozone before this last weekend. We had our first little rainstorm in SoCal this weekend and noticed that after about ten swipes when the windshield was wet it started squeaking at the top on the cycle (when the wipers got to the top) and at the bottom of the cycle (when the wipers go to the bottom). I never noticed this on my stock ones. I cleaned my windshield very well because I thought it might have been kicked up oil, grime, etc. Still the same.
I talked to Autozone and told them and they said I could bring them back and they recommended the Bosch Icon's. For these Duralast I paid about 35 bucks out the door. I know the Icons are a little more expensive. Let's be real, I live in SoCal, it's not like I live in Seattle, so they're not THAT important. I'll probably have to use them 10-15 times this winter. Any recommendations on new blades or is there something I can do to the windshield to make it not squeak when the blades change directions?
2010 Nissan Altima Sedan 3.5SR Dark Slate
If your windshield is clean and the tension on the wiper arms are correct (and I can't imagine that would not be the case unless you've had something damage the arms) then the fault lies with the blades, so changing them should solve your problem.
I lived in the Pacific Northwest for decades, where it does rain ... a lot! For example, in the last 2.5 weeks there has been only two dry days. So wipers are a bit more important to me than to you. What I've found is that the higher end blades are not worth the money. They will wear out / rot out (yes we get UV even with all the cloud cover) all about the same rate. and the premium blades don't dry the glass any better than the discount blades.
So I buy whatever is on sale at Wal-Mart near the end of summer and am good all the way through the wet season (Sept-May). At that price it makes no sense NOT to buy a new set each year.
Hope this helps.
'09 Altima 2.5S CVT 65K
'10 Armada SE 4WD 55K
Thank you for your insight. I'm bringing these damn things back and going to go for something cheaper. If they upgrade me for free to the Bosch then I obviously won't complain. My stock blades lasted me over two years. Maybe my tensions is too strong on these newer ones, who knows.
you also might want to apply Rain-X to your windshield as well. I've found that applying 2-3 coats of Rain-X helps to make cleaning the windows easier and creates less chatter with the wipers if they're getting old
2009 2.5s with Takeda sri, Stillen front strut brace, 6k HIDs, black matrix depo tails, glossy black roof vinyl, LED drls.
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Just took those crappy ones back and got some Bosch (I believe they're called Insights). It has the metal bracket but seems to be better. No more squeaks from what I can tell. I have some Rain X as well. Will try that out this weekend.
i live in socal, where it doesnt rain often, but i still use my wipers at least a few times a week.
i use the rainx brand window washer fluid w/ bug remover, although it doesnt work as well as the standalone rain x, this only needs to be applied with my wipers. i noticed with constant use, my window stays cleaner longer, nothing really builds up on it, dew in the mornings doesnt even condensate onto where it is applied.
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i had the BOSCH Icons on my alti and never had any noise issues. you may need to clean the pores of the windshield. i already liquid clayed my windshield prior to the new wipers so i never had any noise before or after install of the icons. usually putting products on the windshield can actually cause the blades to chatter. ive used rainx products in the past and didnt like it after initial application and have stayed away since.
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